What does the word suzerain mean?

Usage examples for suzerain

  1. According to these Conventions Her Majesty's position towards the South African Republic is that of a suzerain, who has granted to the people of this Republic self- government under certain conditions; and it would be incompatible with this situation to submit to arbitration the meaning of the conditions under which she has granted self- government to the Republic. – Boer Politics by Yves Guyot
  2. George of Clarence, Lord High Constable of England, arrest yon haughty man, who dares to menace his liege and suzerain! – The Last Of The Barons, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton